Seeking New Violin Player Advice
I am looking to buy my brother a violin. He is a naturally talented musician, but he has never played a violin and I am not sure where to start when looking for one.
I know he needs a 4/4 since he is 6 foot, but that is about all I know.
I would be grateful for any advice on good quality brands and specs to look for.
Thanks in advance!
Cremona is a popular choice for beginner instruments at about $150.
You will eventually need to upgrade, but it's adequate for beginners. As you develop a sense of preference for sound, you can visit violin shops and look for better instruments for around $2,000-$4,000.
Go to a local violin shop and rent something. You'll get better quality than buying something for the same amount as your rental costs for a year, and if he gets serious about learning the violin he can get credit for the rental fees paid towards buying an instrument from the same shop (most shops do this).
That is a great idea! Thank you.
Another vote for renting, and from whatever shop is most recommended in your area.
Hi Mary Ellen. Thank you for the advice. My brother played the double bass for 8 years and is looking to switch to a smaller more portable string instrument.
Yes, I do, for several reasons. Everything Jason said about the advantages of renting is absolutely true. Plus that gives your brother time to determine whether he is really serious about learning the violin before making any sort of major financial commitment--there is not very much crossover between double bass and violin.
Thank you so much for all of the information. This is very helpful.
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